What is Mezcal?

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Mezcal is a Mexican distilled alcoholic beverage made from over 30 types of agaves, most commonly the agave espadín . The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli, which means "oven-cooked agave", from metl and ixcalli. It differs from tequila as it only comes from the Blue Agave and produced in Jalisco, MX. As the saying goes, all tequila is mezcal but not all mezcal is tequila. Agaves are found mainly in many parts of Mexico and south to the equator. Even though 80% mezcal is made in Oaxaca, MX, Morelos was given its protected designation of origin in 2016, making it only eight states in Mexico that only produce mezcal in the world!

In the Aztec culture, mezcal has a divine origin story. Mayahuel is the goddess of the maguey (agave), the goddess of pulque and queen of fertility. She is often depicted with many breasts to nourish her children, the Four Hundred Rabbits, gods of drunkenness that spread alcoholic joy to the humans. Talk about female empowerment!

Take a glimpse at the mezcal magic behind Mexcal Santamaria.